There’s a piece in today’s Guardian about things that gardeners have brought back from Chelsea Flower show be it inspiration, or something physical.

I’ve helped out at a few garden shows and have always come home with something that reminds me of each experience. The object I that came back from this year’s Chelsea is part of an old clay pipe.

At home I’ve a few pieces of stem that have cropped up from the garden or allotment, but no bowl sections.

So this year’s memento has a dual purpose. It reminds me of digging the hole in the brick-hard ground (I can’t call it soil) where it came out with the spoil and it has allowed me to demonstrate to Little Boots what the little white tubes I have in a box of garden relics are part of.